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    September 17, 2010
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almost out the door. and had that realization, oh my god, so i got behind the pillar and a voice went off in my head like run, you can't stay here. i started crying. tears of joy and tears of, this is over, and i'm okay. >> this is bruce leshan. the only woman on virginia's death row is still waiting for word from the governor. teresa lewis is slated to die in less than a week for plotting the murders of her husband and stepson for money. a judge sentenced the two trigger men to life, but luis got death. despite an iq of just 72, which is barely above mental retardation. >> she is not mentally retarded, but she is very, very close to it. >> she's not by any means a genius. she is certainly smart enough to be held accountable for her terribly vile actions. >> i'm scott broome in silver
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spring where there's a tragedy earlier today. a 1 1/2-year-old boy managed to get himself tangled in the cords of window shades. and he did not survive. >> it appears to be a tragic accident. they found the little boy tangled up in the drapery cord in the bedroom where his bed is. >> the baby got tangled inside of it. we don't know how, because we weren't there. detectives are here, it's crazy. >> the initial information that we have is that they had put him down for a nap and somehow he gotten out of his crib and was playing with the cord and some how got caught up into it. they immediately began cpr on him and they felt that the situation was so urgent that they took the child to a local hospital without waiting for fire rescue to arrive. >> one day after that murder suicide at baltimore's johns hopkins hospital, we took a closer look at security inside our own local hospitals. turns out there are no metal
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detectors at the howard university hospitals, however, there are 33 security guards manning the doors and patrolling the halls. the hospital did away with uniformed officers that considerlied guns. now the security officers carry collapsible batons. studies show hospital violence is on the rise. so security officers focus on training to combat the problem. >> whether there's an active shooter, a bomb threat, whether it's any low patient and you have to train to it each and every day. >> according to the bureau of labor statistics, 131 people were killed conducting healthcare or social services between 1997 and 2008. even though local security officers admit that things like this one in baltimore yesterday are very rare. a water main replacement project in silver spring turned into a bit of a nightmare for a family. now this started with an e-mail to 9news and when we showed up, a plumber was just finishing up
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replacing expensive fixtures for the third time in less than a year. the problem, gravel and other debris from water main work kept coming through the pipes and ruining valves, leaving betsy decide herself on the eve of the family's celebration. >> this has been going on since late spring. and it has been -- all summer and it has been one disaster right after the other. >> the washington suburban sanitary commission says the damage to betsy's plumbing will be paid for by the contractor doing the water main replacement. they believe the situation has been corrected after an investigation today. wssc is replacing at least 37 miles of water main in the region this year. the spokesman said the utility takes very seriously our role of managing contractors. for more stories from where you live, just go to wusa9.com. find your community in our where you live section and keep up with what's happening in your own neighborhood. in fact, if you have a news
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story or tip for us, we want to hear from you, so contact us and be part of the wusa9.com team. now a commuter alert for drivers who use that south capital street bridge. starting in less than two hours, d dot is closing the bridge for the entire weekend. that means all the traffic lanes will close down at 9:00 and not reopen until 5:00 a.m. on monday. now there will be more nighttime closings all the way through the end of this month. sidewalks, however, will stay open during the work. it's all part of repair and rehab on that bridge. but that is not the only bridge closed, what are you talking about here? >> that's right, derek. the chain bridge less than an hour will be shut down for vehicle, bike, and foot traffic. it will stay that way throughout the weekend. so you have outdoor plans, you will be out of luck. it will reopen 8:00 monday morning. now talking about late traffic this evening, it is still happening on the west side of town to the temple below speed
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all the way and the pace picks up towards i-95. now we are going to wrap it up on 270, easing up a bit approaching montgomery village avenue. slow towards clarksburg, back to you. thanks, now we get to topper and now it has the 9forecast first. nice weekend on tap. >> for the most part, a nice everyoning and perfect for high school football. here's your forecast first. for tonight, clear skies, it will be cooler. low temperatures, 53 to about 63. winds out of the north, northwest at 10. sun goes down shortly at 7:13. temperatures right now after highs in the low 80s. we are back to 76 downtown. low 70s in the suburbs. gaithersburg and leesburg and low 70s and 68 up in comperland. so you are going to any high school football games tonight, it will fall into the 60s before the game is over. we'll come back and talk about how long it's going to stay cool and yes, we'll that all important redskin forecast. meantime, that awful crime at johns hopkins yesterday
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touched a nerve among people who have to care for elderly loved ones who are suffering with dementia. our own peggy fox whose mother has alzheimer's learned valuable lessons from a man who had to quit his job to take care of his mom. >> when mom was more active, she ran away a lot. >> that was in teddy's earlier stages of alzheimer's. she was diagnosed 13 years ago. she barely speaks now. and she can do nothing for herself. her 57-year-old son, jerome bathes her and changes her. >> she wears depends. you know, i have gloves that i use. i have the wipes. >> and he puts her in a safe bed at night. >> she can't climb over it. >> for years now, it's been like taking care of an infant. >> sometimes i didn't sleep at all. >> and then there were the escapes. >> this window right here was to her bedroom and she managed to crawl out that bedroom and fall down against the brick steps below and shatter her
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right ankle. >> after the ankle injury, jerome realized his mother couldn't be left home alone. he soon quit his job to stay home with her full-time. >> jerome understands how a care giver could snap. >> i got to the point where i needed help. i went to the county services and i asked to speak to a psychologist. a lot of people say she is already dead because she is not who she was. i don't understand that. >> the alzheimer's foundation with which takes her in during the day has been a god send to them. so have friends and support groups. >> when she can't talk anymore, you'll miss it. you'll miss it. right teddy? talking to me a different way. >> in fairfax, peggy fox, 9news now. wow. jerome says it took him eight years to actually ask for the help he needed. he says anybody taking care of a loved one with dementia aught to seek help sooner than that.
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still to come, a florida father storming the school bus who found the kids who bullied his daughter. but first, investigators found some new evidence in that west virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 men back in april. and now we may know what the heck went wrong down there. stay with us. chevy chase bank is becoming capital one bank. with the most locations in the dc area,
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investigators now know at least part of the cause of that deadly mine explosion in west virginia, more than 1400 samples collected in the mine show excessive amounts of highly explosive coal dust. now that backs up preliminary findings that a mix of methane and coal dust is what caused the blast. the april explosion in the big branch mine killed 29 men and it was the deadliest accident in a u.s. coal mine since 1970. now faces civil and criminal investigations. and for the second straight day, san bruno school was evacuated after teachers reported smelling gas in their classrooms. now both cases turned out to be false alarms and officials say that smell likely came from heaters or perhaps furnaces that had been turned on. pg and e says they are getting more calls about gas leaks since that explosion last week. and in the wake of that blast,
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critics say our regulatory system has weaknesses on plat's energy week, gas pipeline experts talk about the safety of the 2 million miles of pipeline and the likelihood of another disaster. >> i started when we had a similar incident 15 years, 16 years ago in edison, new jersey, thousand foot fire ball and an hour to turn off the pipeline. unfortunately, the answer seems to be yes unless we make change. >> want to know more about what he is talking about? watch plats energy week this sunday morning at 8:00. coming up, topper lets us know how the weekend forecast is turning out. up next, cracking the code. why one day soon you might find your favorite high definition movie for freebies on the internet. hey, ove, i'm gonna need a bank. any ideas?
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capital one bank. they're everywhere. ♪ yeah, you're right! [ horns honking ] hey, there's one right up the street. [ male announcer ] capital one bank. the most branches and atms in the dc area. what's in your wallet? ove, go long! breaking news now on teresa lewis' appeal to stop her
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execution. bob mcdonnel denied clemency. there's no compelling reason to set aside the sentence confirmed by all appeals in court. have you ever wanted to make a copy of one of those brand-new blu ray dvd's? there's a code that protects it from being copied. well guess what, now that code has been hacked. lindsey explains what that means for the movie industry and movie lovers. >> we searched the web and we got our hands on the code. it looks like gibberish. it's seven pages of letters and numbers, but to the right person -- >> it is the key. >> the cyber security expert. he says programmers could create hardware anyone can use to copy blu rays. >> it might be just as easy as using your dvr. put it on a file sharing site and then thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people will then down load or illegally stream
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that contents. >> patrick ross at the copyright alliance says when people make copies, it will devastate the movie industry. >> healthcare funds for the carpenters, for the costume workers, all of them are funded by dvd sales. >> it's illegal to make copies, but many people might risk the consequences. >> i can take moth see i'm watching, i can record it from my ipod, laptop. >> industry is already sensing format frustrations and offering a solution. >> i buy the three pack. it gives me a dvd, the blu ray and a code that i can down load a legal copy. >> i talked with tom of intel on the phone. >> is that indeed the correct code? >> yes. >> , i ntel is the company that created the code. >> they would have to use the code to manufacture a computer chip and build that into some kind of a box or a device. and that would be a very
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difficult and very costly -- >> he says if someone uses the code, they will take legal action. in washington, i'm lindsey, 9news now. >> we know how that worked out for the music industry. according to a study by the institute of policy invasion, the motion picture association of america lost $6.1 million and that was back in 2005. cracking codes like this is not brand-new. a few years ago, hackers found a way to find copies of regular dvd's. they used a sharpy marker to black out the part of the dvd that kept people from making a copy. he says he was just trying to protect his little girl, but now a florida father is facing charges of disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function after he literally went off on a group of middle school students. police say 42-year-old james jones stormed on to a school bus and actually threatened to kill a group of students after
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they bullied his special needs daughter. but what dad wouldn't want to find out, but what dad wouldn't want to find out who put open condoms on his little girl. jones said i'm just sticking up for my daughter. that rampage was caught on the bus' surveillance tape. >> everybody sit down. >> tell me which one. show me which on [ inaudible ] >> wow. jones is now out of jail on $2,000 bond. he is sorry, he admits he is at fault for this. jones should have called them before taking things into his own hands. he says he had already complained about it and nothing was done. so, what do you think? did jones go too far or is there any such thing as too far when it comes to protecting your own kids? jones says he complained to the school, but nothing was done. tell us your thoughts.
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mailbag@wusa9.com. we'll put you on the air. what do you have, top? >> lucky home, redskin tie on and last week. now you have to wear it every day. i will have to sleep with it. 41st annual fair saturday and sunday. check it out. the weekend looks good for both days. >> nice. > let's start with the hurricane. we have three that are still up there. all right. carl will not be hurricane much longer. if we made land fall, winds of 110, now down to 90 miles per hour and it will be weakening in the next six hours to a storm. now we go eastward and find igor, and julia 75. julia's winds are quickly going to become below hurricane criteria. okay, igor is going to hammer bermuda. the good news with this track, still 600 miles away and maximum sustained winds are 105. the track itself, look carefully, the track is just to the east. if that were the case, some of the stronger wind gusts would
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not hit the island. that said, it's going to be close enough to hit them with 105-mile per hour winds and up to 36 hours of tropical storm forced winds. yes, everything is, you know, most of the buildings are made of limestone and concrete. when they hit the islands back in '03, they were weeks without power. they are taking that seriously. they boarding everything up. our next three days, much calmer. much easier. sunshine tomorrow, 80. 83 on sunday. yes, some clouds come in. maybe a sprinkle. not a big deal for the redskin game and nice on monday. temperatures go down a little bit into the upper 70s. redskin forecast, mostly cloudy, warm, maybe a light shower or sprinkle. temperatures 75 to 82. 82 is when the game starts. 75 when the game is over. let's break down tomorrow. in the morning, cool, 65 downtown. but mid 50s in the suburbs. mid 70s by lunchtime. 80 by evening. a spectacular day and dry air
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mass, that time where it is getting to be fall. good day to do it on saturday. 72 right now manassas. 76 downtown and 75 in frederick. now for tonight, clear skies, cooler, great for high school football. 53 to 63. winds north, northwest at 10 and looks like game time temperatures for most of the high school games will be in the upper 60s to low 70s. mostly sunny, 50s and 60s. by afternoon, a beautiful day. mostly sunny and pleasant. high temperatures are around 80, which is about average. next seven days, 80 tomorrow, low 80s on sunday. a little bit cooler on monday. just briefly and warmer again on tuesday. low 80s. upper 80s on wednesday. mid 80s on thursday. fall officially arrives at 11:09 on wednesday night. we'll feel a little more like summer. >> thank you, top. from our weird news file, we already know we live in an unfair world and life is easier for the good looking people. now level the playing field
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just a bit. to toronto, canada, where they have ugly shmucks.com. it is a dating website for the unattractive. a college student came up with the idea. $13 amonth to join, but it might hurt your self-esteem to buy into the idea that you are ugly enough to be on the website. don't think about looking it up. the members have the ability to vote you off if you are too cute. but i'm thinking that could get ugly. we want to hear what you think. send your e-mails to mcginty's mail bag. the address, mailbag@wusa9.com. 9news now will be right back.
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we want to remind you to tune into 9news now starting at 4:25 a.m. military members all across the country are remembering those still missing today. national pow and mia recognition day and at the pentagon, robert gates held a special ceremony for our servicemen and women. he prolled to do everything in his power to get the troops home safely. okay, when the chips are down, who do you want to save your bacon? s.w.a.t. teams were showing off their mad skill today as they took part in an annual competition featuring sharp shooting, and an obstacle course. it is now more important than ever following possible threats from today's capital police shooting, the discovery hostage taker, and the tragic johns hopkins murder suicide yesterday. >> we train to not ever lose.
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never lose and that is the mind set you have to be in. >> stress response, you want to get your heart rate up. know how to breathe properly. know how to control your heart rate. >> this is the fourth year of the regional s.w.a.t. teams competing against each other, including the fbi and capitol police. that is our report, i'll be back here tonight at 11:00 with anita and don't forget, log on any time you like to wusa9.com. i'll see you later. have a great evening, bye. in case of everyday emergencies, it's important to be prepared for dinner. that's why i've prepared my perdue perfect portions fresh chicken breasts. they're individually wrapped, so you can cook what you need and store what you don't. [ male announcer ] perdue perfect portions. ready when you are.
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